Capital Equipment Assistance Program (CEAP)

Financial assistance is available for new or innovative equipment that will aid in the reduction of surface runoff of agricultural wastes to state waters, improve water quality of state waters, reduce odors from manure application, separate phosphorus from manure, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce costs to farmers when they apply manure.

How to Apply

Application and Program Details FY19

Application Due (or postmarked by): November 1, 2018 


Mail: Water Quality Division, 116 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620-2901

Fax: (802) 828-1410.

All grant applicants should review and be prepared to agree to the State of Vermont Attachment C: Standard Provisions for Contracts and Grants.

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Grant Details


  • First priority will be given to capital equipment to be used on farm sites that are serviced by custom applicators, phosphorus separation equipment providers, and non-profit organizations.
  • Eligible Applicants include: custom applicators, nonprofit organizations, and farms.

Ranking Criteria:

  • Applicant Status (10%): First priority will be given to capital equipment to be used on multiple farm sites.
  • Geographic Area (15%): Priority will be given in descending order: Lake Champlain Basin, Lake
  • Memphremagog Basin, the Connecticut River Basin, and the Hudson River Basin.
  • Investment Impact (15%): Priority will be given to applications with the highest investment efficiency for the State.
  • Viability/Risk (15%): Priority will be given to applicants with reduced risk as assessed.
  • Management and Planned Use of Equipment (15%): Priority will be given to providing a new opportunity for capital equipment versus increasing or improving existing practice use with a high usage on available land.
  • Impact (30%): There are 30 points available for all supporting documentation for your application. This includes your Letter of Intent, Quotes for the requested equipment as well as any Letters of Support for your application.

Equipment Eligible for Funding

Eligible equipment types and maximum funding amounts: (Applicants are limited to one application per individual farm operation. Applications may include more than one piece of equipment only when each piece of equipment is part of one discrete system.  )

Equipment Type

Examples of Eligible Equipment

Funding Rates:

Phosphorus Removal Technology or Equipment

-Physical or chemical removal methods or technologies

Seperate RFP will be Released for P Removal Equipment

Precision Agricultural Equipment

-Manure Application Record Keeping Units*


90% cost-share up to $20,000 per applicant

Conservation Tillage

-No-Till Corn Planter


90% cost-share up to $10,000 per applicant

Cover Crop Management and Field Improvements

-No-Till Grain Drill

-Roller Crimper

90% cost-share up to $40,000 per applicant

Manure and Silage Management Equipment


-Dragline system* (Requires Flow Meter and Record Keeping Unit)

-Injectors* (Requires Flow Meter and Record Keeping Unit)


-Baling equipment (eligible only as an alternative leachate management, requires a referral visit from a VAAFM engineer to ensure eligibility)


90% cost-share up to $50,000 per applicant

*Equipment listed above is only eligible for funding when purchased as a complete unit. Single items may be purchased to complete a unit with proof of a complete, operational system. Disablement of a flow meter, display, modules or GPS technology would cause this grant to be cancelled.

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Funding Overview Fiscal Year 2018